The Catholic University of America

Oct. 25, 2007

CUA to Present Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical "Evita"

CUA's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will bring viewers into the world of Argentina's most famed first lady with its presentation of the musical "Evita" at Hartke Theatre Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 28.

Jane Pesci-Townsend is the director of CUA's production of "Evita." Denise Puricelli, who was appointed assistant professor of music at CUA after conducting several Broadway productions, is the music director and conductor. CUA alumnus Miguel Jarquin-Moreland is the choreographer.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical has been captivating audiences since it opened in the West End in 1978. "Evita" follows the life of Eva Duarte from her flamboyant youth to her marriage to Dictator Juan Peron and quick rise to power as the "Spiritual Leader of Argentina." The story is narrated by Evita's critical shadow, Che, a character based loosely on Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.

Che has observed Evita since her squalid childhood and watches as she climbs Argentina's societal ladder, using men to get what she wants. Che describes a woman who is both deeply flawed and profoundly beautiful. Her rise and fall from greatness are captured in Webber's masterful score and classic songs such as "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "The Money Kept Rolling In."

Music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics are by Tim Rice.

The cast includes junior Amanda Roberts (Evita), sophomore Andrew Halpin (Che), Donald Codden (Peron), senior Christopher Mueller (Magaldi) and junior Kristiana Jarquin-Moreland (mistress).

Show times are 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets for students, staff and seniors are $15. For more information, call 202-319-5416 or visit

MEDIA: To cover CUA's production of "Evita," contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.